Firm history and structure
Founded in 1884, the firm has grown steadily in recent years. We are now a group of limited liability partnerships, of which Withers & Rogers LLP, the professional practice, is the largest. We are based in five offices: London, Bristol, the Midlands, Sheffield and Munich. We operate in four principal practice groups: Electronics, Computing & Physics; Advanced Engineering; Life Sciences & Chemistry; and Trade Marks, which are represented across all of the offices. We also have a number of specialist practice groups including Higher Education, Clean Technology, Medical Devices and Aerospace & Defence.
Range of client services
We offer clients a full range of intellectual property services. Filing patents and trade marks is our core business, but registered design, design right, copyright, domain name registration and enforcement, due diligence and licensing work is also undertaken.
Our structured career development process aims to provide a balanced approach that is designed to produce well-rounded patent and trade mark attorneys. Trainees are usually assigned to one partner specialising in their practice area and will benefit from working with other attorneys across the practice.
The firm runs an in-house training programme. Our tutorial system is particularly extensive, with a programme of up to 32 tutorials each year, from which regular, structured feedback is provided. We also provide extensive practical training, including on our bespoke case management system and digital dictation system, and extensive printed and electronic manuals and reference materials are available.
We encourage trainees to attend external courses. There are further opportunities for training after qualification, for example, to achieve the LLM at Nottingham Law School to become a patent attorney litigator. In-house German and Japanese language training is provided as required.
We also involve trainees in client meetings and the marketing process very early on and encourage membership of networking organisations.View Withers & Rogers LLP's Website